Tancredo plays down GOP tensions, points supporters to Jihad Watch screed

Tancredo plays down GOP tensions, points supporters to Jihad Watch screed

Anti-illegal immigration warrior and former Colorado GOP Congressman Tom Tancredo ran for governor as an American Constitution Party candidate, but now he’s back in the fold and talking about the future of his Republican party. He sent an email to supporters this morning on the rift between the moderate and conservative wings of the Colorado GOP. Just so readers know where he stands, he linked to a hard-line provocative Jihad Watch article on the threat posed to America by Muslim immigrants.

In the email sent to supporters of his Rocky Mountain Foundation think tank he reports on a recent meeting he attended of Republicans in Littleton.

“During the question and answer portion I was asked to comment on the continuing internet feud that is the manifestation of lingering resentments emanating out of the gubernatorial campaign. The person asking went on to say that there are deep divisions in the Republican Party that need to be healed and wanted to know what I was going to do about it. I explained that my hope would be to have a unified Republican Party committed to conservative principles but that the division between conservatives and moderates within the Party has been there as long as I can remember. However, in the past it did not keep us from winning elections.”

The email links to the Jihad Watch article titled “If thy cojones cause thee to sin” by Roland Shirk.

From the article:

The Muslim subjugation of women, and the Western death-cult of feminism, combine to give Muslim immigrants a huge reproductive advantage over the natives of almost any country which they inhabit. Even conservative Catholics who reject contraception are unlikely to match the Muslim birth rate, for the simple reason that Christianity views women (like men) as ends in themselves, not means to the reproduction of sons.

The Muslims aren’t the only problem. There are weaknesses in our own societies that make us uniquely vulnerable at this historical moment to the dangers of mass immigration on the part of culturally self-confident minorities. (Can you think of a group which better fits that definition than Muslims?) Granting that Islamic intolerance tends to function like a deadly virus, there are situations where our own immune system is compromised, and we are less able to deal with and suppress its toxic effects.

Modern liberalism, in both its secular and Christian variety, is the civilizational equivalent of AIDS–a force that suppresses our collective will to defend ourselves through guilt, false compassion, and a weirdly self-congratulatory self-loathing that recalls the sexual frenzy of late Medieval flagellants.

Is Shirk an Islamaphobe? Is Tancredo?

Shirk answers that question in a posting at IslamTodayOregon:

I answer people who call me an Islamophobe by saying something like this: “Afraid of Islam and sharia? You’re damned right I’m afraid. So are the Iraqi Christians who get gunned down in their churches, and the Pakistani Christians facing execution for blasphemy. I’m sure the victims of terrorism in New York and London were frightened, too. When you have to take off your shoes and belt at the airport, and get your whole body x-rayed before you can board a plane, who do you think the airlines are ‘afraid’ will blow up the plane–the Amish? The Mormons? The Hindus? If that’s what it means to be an Islamophobe, then I guess you could call FBI agents ‘crime-aphobes.’ If Muslims want us to stop being scared of them, maybe they could–I dunno, stop oppressing and killing people around the world. That would make a really nice start.”

The Tancredo-Jihad Watch wing of the party will fail to win over increasing numbers of conservative minorities, including prominent former Colorado Republican Ali Hasan. After running twice for election as a Republican in the state, Hasan last year announced he was leaving the party.

“[T]he [GOP] is starting to stand for everything against liberty,” he told the Colorado Independent “– against gays, against Muslims, against immigrants, and most sadly, against fiscal conservatism. Quite frankly, I think all the GOP stands for is a pro-security agenda of high taxes and massive regulation, where the government’s biggest job will be to keep Muslims and immigrants out of America.”


Additional writing and reporting by John Tomasic.

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About the Author

Scot Kersgaard

Scot Kersgaard has been managing editor of a political newspaper, editor and co-owner of a ski town newspaper, executive editor of eight high-tech magazines (where he worked with current Apple CEO Tim Cook), deputy press secretary to a U.S. Senator, and an outdoors columnist at the Rocky Mountain News. He has an English degree from the University of Washington. He was awarded a fellowship to study internet journalism at the University of Maryland's Knight Center for Specialized Journalism. He was student body president in college. He spends his free time hiking and skiing.

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